As temperatures are set to drop this week, some parts of Cumbria could see snow fall, mainly in the Lake District.
Met Office weather forecasters have predicted that snow will fall in the Lake District and Brough on Thursday, but have not forecast it for any other parts of the county yet. Despite temperatures reaching highs of 20C last week, the region is now braced for a cold snap.
Forecasters have said that for many they will see sleep and snow, particularly on higher ground in the north – like the Lake District. In some areas, temperatures will reach minus levels.
A light snow shower is expected in Brough at 7am on Thursday, another light snow shower is also expected in the areas at 7pm.
On Thursday in the Lake District Mountain Range, it is expected to be a very cold day with bright spells and a few showers, these falling as snow at most levels. There will also be strong northeasterly winds and a bitter wind chill.
The Met Office has said the change in conditions is taking place as the high pressure – which has been responsible for the dry and mild weather of last week – shifts out to the south, introducing colder Arctic air in from the north. This will bring with it the risk of unsettled conditions for many from Wednesday, with a likely smattering of wintry showers in many parts of the UK.
For Cumbria, this means the Lake District has a high chance of seeing snow and so does the Brough area, as well as the higher ground. Temperatures have already started to drop for most, but that trend will continue tomorrow (March 29).
Maximum temperatures are likely to drop to single figures in many places, with some freezing temperatures overnight. That unsettled theme will continue through to the weekend, with some further rain for some areas on Thursday, before showers on Friday ahead of a continued unsettled weekend.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said, “We’re going to be seeing a marked shift in the weather for the UK in the coming week as the warm weather is displaced south.
“Temperatures will drop as cold air sweeps south with single figure maxima for most places from mid-week, and bringing with it the unsettled weather that we’ll see for much of the week. Some clear spells are still around later in the week, with the best of any sunshine likely to be in the south later in the week.”
Snow is not predicted for any other parts of Cumbria at the moment, but this could change. Keep up to date with the latest forecast here.